Consumer Intuition Study: Holiday Confections

Holidays are a unique time for shoppers. Habits change for a short time, and consumers tend to feel more empowered to make less socially permissible purchases or to splurge on things they normally would not consider purchasing. Be it Halloween, Valentine's Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Fourth of July, expectations change around the major holidays of the year.…

Grinch-free Omnichannel Holiday Shopping

My photo app recently reminded me of Thanksgiving 2020 which featured only my immediate family. Kept apart by pandemic-driven constraints, we made the most of a holiday about togetherness, but my emotional response was to go bigger and better this year given my new-found appreciation for family. Holidays have always been a chance to go over the top, and this year might just take that to another level entirely. My kids’ candy buckets after Halloween certainly…

REAL Recruitment Yields REAL Results

Behind every data point is a person. At REAL Insight, we are committed to providing authenticity and recognize that the data we provide to our clients is only as authentic as the people that we study. Because of this, we put a lot of time and energy into the recruitment process for our clients. REAL…

Data Quality Over Quantity is the REAL Way to Mitigate Risk

The insights industry exists to help business make better decisions: the bigger the decision, the more important it is to get right. Historically, the answer has been a large sample quantitative study with the understanding that more people mean less risk.   REAL Insight’s journey into the insights industry is unique. Our long history with in-store intercepts gives us a rare appreciation for authentic…

From Online to In-Aisle, We Keep it In-Context.

The onset of the coronavirus directly impacted REAL Insight’s most utilized methodology: in-context, in-store research. Whether using pre-recruited respondents or intercepting shoppers at shelf, our signature form of research---the innovative technique on which the company was founded 30+ years ago—was essentially removed from our toolbox. To fit the limitations of the pandemic, we pivoted towards…

How to discover the why that even the consumer doesn’t know.

Think about the last five minutes of your day and the specific decisions you made during that time.  Did you take a sip of coffee? Rock in your chair? Read a text? Think through all your actions and behaviors—for how many do you feel you have a clear and rational reason for explaining why you…

Research Reimagined for a New Normal

Register for the Insights Association's Y Conference, March 9-10, 2021!Luke will be participating in the Insights Association's Y Conference this year. On March 10 at 2:40 PM EST/1:40 PM CST, his presentation, "General Mills’ Quest for the First Moment of Truth: Novel qual methods to fuel effective innovation frameworks," will share how our partnership with…

I’ve Been Baking

Shortly after stay-at-home went into effect, I—and countless others—decided to take up bread baking. After searching for the “best bread recipe ever,” I followed the instructions the best I could, but the bread never rose: the yeast was expired. I spent weeks on a quest to find a store with yeast in-stock. Soon, my obsession…

Made with REAL Ingredients

REAL Insight has a compulsion to conduct research that authentically reflects reality so that the insights lead to specific recommendations and decisions that help brands grow and avoid costly mistakes. Made with Real Ingredients is a claim that has defined REAL Insight’s work over its 30+ year history, although this is our first time using this…

Better Ingredients, Expertly Crafted

It is a pretty well-known fact that market research companies struggle with marketing. REAL Insight is no different. We care too much about the nuance of what makes our approaches effective, so we choose to focus on selling that instead of the higher-order benefits. However, we know so much about how to test new product innovation and…